A lot of us have this idea in our head that healthy meals for weight loss have to sacrifice taste or take forever to make, but it’s just not true! Sure, there are plenty of those out there — that’s why eating healthy can be so difficult for so many.
But it doesn’t have to be hard at all when you’ve got plenty of tasty, easy to make meals to choose from that are also low calorie and able to please even the pickiest of eaters. Below, you’ll find some of our favorite easy weight loss meals that fit those criteria perfectly.
All are quick to make and shouldn’t involve anything too extensive with prep or clean-up. We also tried to ensure that there’s something to fit every type of taste bud, so be sure to scan the whole list if you don’t see something right away.
Pin your favorites so you can try them all and soon you’ll be eating healthy at every meal while loving every bite!
1) 10 Minute Portobello Mushroom Pizzas
“Portobello pizzas have all the flavours of a good pizza… without the guilt! Using portobello mushroom caps for a pizza crust, these pizzas are quick and easy to make, low carb and ready in less than 10 minutes!”
2) BBQ Chicken Breasts
“The most tender, juicy chicken grilled to PERFECTION, smothered in a thick, homemade BBQ sauce. You can also make this ahead of time!”
View full recipe. 323 calories.
3) Apple, White Cheddar & Grilled Chicken Salad
“There’s nothing like grilled chicken to add flavor to a salad. If you don’t have an outdoor grill you can use a grill pan. The marinade for the chicken and the vinaigrette for the salad are one in the same. I love time savers like this.”
View full recipe. 221 calories.
4) Gluten Free Creamy Tomato Penne Pasta
“A Creamy Tomato Gluten Free Penne Pasta dish that’s ready in 25 minutes, delicious, and dairy free. This gluten free penne pasta recipe is perfect for those who are new to gluten free or are looking for a lighter pasta dish alternative!”
View full recipe. 353 calories.
5) Sausage Asparagus Quinoa Pasta
“Sausage Asparagus Quinoa Pasta is a quick-to-make combination of quinoa pasta with Italian sausage, asparagus, and parmesan cheese. It is very filling and satisfying dinner dish.”
6) Sausage, Potato & Green Bean Foil Packets
“Sausage and veggies packed in easy foil packets. Perfect for camping or a quick dinner! Can be baked/grilled.”
View full recipe. 426 calories.
7) Roasted Shrimp & Brussel Sprouts
“These Roasted Shrimp and Brussels Sprouts are a quick and easy dinner. Lemon and garlic make this a flavorful sheet pan dinner you can make in about 20 minutes!”
8) Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet
“A healthy vegetarian Mexican-inspired dinner — butternut squash and black bean enchilada skillet. Ready in less than 30 minutes! 13g fiber & 16g protein per serving!”
View full recipe. 405 calories.
9) Basil & Feta Sauce Chicken
“Basil-Feta Sauce Chicken – Flavorful and tangy sauce made with basil, garlic and feta cheese served over deliciously juicy chicken.”
View full recipe. 413 calories.
10) Lighter Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
“Enjoy this lighter chicken Caesar pasta salad without any guilt!”
11) California Veggie Grilled Chicken Pasta Bowls
“Loaded with just about every veggie on the planet and lots of grilled chicken, these super-fresh and healthy, California-style pasta bowls are an awesome way to use up all that summer produce!”
12) Smashed Mexican Bean Avocado Toast (Vegan Friendly)
“Smashed Mexican Beans Avocado Toast! Avocado Toast Recipes need a little upgrade. This Fully Loaded MEXICAN style avocado toast recipe is Gluten Free, Vegan Friendly loaded with Flavor!! A simple, yet spicy, meatless meal, breakfast, or even a healthy appetizer.”
View full recipe. 201 calories.
13) Grilled Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Chipotle Lime Crema
“The BEST Grilled Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos you will ever have. Topped with fresh crunchy purple Cabbage, Avocados, and a drizzle of Chipotle Lime Crema – all wrapped in a warm tortilla! All in under 20 minutes!”
14) Turkey & Tomato Panini
“This panini is packed with flavor. It’s zesty and fresh thanks to perfect roma tomatoes, lemon juice, and fresh basil. It’s creamy and rich from a combination of mayo, Greek yogurt, and just a bit of parmigiano reggiano. And guess what? It’s only 250 calories. Crazy, right?”
View full recipe. 250 calories.
15) Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
“An easy 20-minute recipe for the most delicious Asian-style chicken lettuce wraps! “
16) Honey Garlic Dijon Pork Tenderloin
“This humble cut of meat is soft, juicy and full of flavor with a honey, garlic and dijon pork tenderloin marinade.”
View full recipe. 294 calories.
17) Low Fat Pesto Vegan Pasta Salad
“One of my favourite ever lunch choices used to be a pesto pasta salad from Marks & Spencers. Made with pesto, pine nuts, parmesan, spinach and a TON of olive oil – it wasn’t very healthy but it was damn delicious. So I’ve decided to recreate that deliciousness in vegan, gluten-free and low-fat form!”
View full recipe. 340 calories
18) Pan Seared Salmon
“A mildly spicy salmon fillet placed into a hot cast-iron skillet to sear to a succulent, golden-brown perfection, and then topped with a mediterranean-inspired salsa fresca that offers a bit of cool and bit of bright-tanginess, makes for a perfect pan seared salmon, and makes an appetite happy.”
19) Strawberry Arugula Salad with Steak & Balsamic Vinaigrette
“This delicious strawberry arugula salad is packed with fresh berries, almonds, feta and arugula, topped with seared steak, and drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette! A fast and easy week-night dinner.”
View full recipe. 506 calories.
20) Tuscan Chicken Skillet
“This Tuscan Chicken Skillet is so easy to put together but tastes like it took all day. The cannellini beans turn this skillet dish into a one-pan meal by adding extra protein and bulk!”
21) Sriracha Almond-Crusted Chicken Caprese Salad
“This Sriracha Almond-Crusted Chicken Caprese Salad is a salad that is posing as a main meal. It’s really filling and substantial, but still light enough to help cure you of your cake-hangover. Not that I know anybody who currently has a cake hangover. And it has all of my favorite things. Especially the mozzarella and tomatoes.”
22) Chicken Asparagus Stir-Fry with Cherry Tomatoes and Toasted Almonds
“Dinner’s on in only 20 minutes with this veggie-loaded chicken stir-fry! So simple to whip up and the flavors are unreal! Feel free to throw in your favorite spring veggies.”
Even after you’ve found a few recipes to add to your regular rotation, you’re likely still going to have a lot of confusion about what else to eat throughout the day. What portions, what time to eat, how many carbs, how much protein… those types of questions.
Nutrition researcher John Barban has long been known for his focus on the inherent differences between men and women when it comes to getting results from diet and exercise. He recently started emphasizing what he calls the “5 wonder veggies for women.”
Studies showed that when women added these common vegetables to their diet their metabolisms (and as a result, weight loss) increased significantly, regardless of the woman’s lifestyle or body shape. Learn the 5 veggies in this video (1:05 mark) that explains how it works.
Don’t forget to pin everything that looks tasty so you can save the recipes for later! Happy eating! 🙂